Student Project in ESM5984
Scientific Visual Analysis with Multimedia

Project Investigators:

Colin McComb (

Sailesh Ramakrishnan (

Title: Development of a Construction Equipment Management System


This project was conceived with the help of Dr. Michael Vorster. Dr. Vorster has done extensive work with construction equipment management. This project is the culmination of numerous meetings with Dr. Vorster for insight and advice on how a better system for construction eq uipment management could help the construction industry. The project determines the best way to show the information pertaining to equipment conditions, and as an end result the project develops a construction equipment management system for use in the industry.

The Project

The investigators have been supplied with a vast amount of usable data pertaining to various types of construction equipment. Through a joint effort with Dr. Vorster, the criteria for determining the condition of equipment has been determined. Condition of equipment shall contain the variables: age, cost & reliability. Management of equipment will also be accomplished through viewing activity plots. and economic plots. The investigators have also made educated guesses on the best ways to present information based on Tufte's principles of data visualization.


The project has three main objectives.

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